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Poster: Round Robin Date: Nov 13, 2010 5:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Wanted: External HD Drive

Did a quick search and couldn't find a thread on this. Can anyone recommend me some? Which ones are reliable and which ones should I steer clear of? Thanks

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Poster: Germain Date: Nov 13, 2010 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

I have had no problems with either Seagate or Western Digital drives. Short of dropping them on the floor, the biggest killer of hard drives is heat. For those drives that I run virtually 24/7, I use internal drives housed in an external enclosure. The external enclosures cost about $40, but the cooling fan keeps the operating temperatures considerably lower than the typical external drive in constant operation. I also use a USB hub that allows me to keep 5 drives plugged in through one USB port. Solves the need to constantly swap out drives in order to access my archive.

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Poster: daliguana Date: Nov 13, 2010 6:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

I've had a Western Digital that has caused me no problems these past four years. I have a SimpleTech by Hitachi duo pro drive that has failed no fewer than five times. Sure, they kept sending me replacements, but you know how much work it is to fill up 500 gb. Bottom line: Western Digital.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Nov 13, 2010 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

First and most of all, I would like to say that is nice
to see you're still around Dali. I hope things are going
well for you. I dont think Im wrong in saying we all
miss you around here.
As to the HD...Im on my 5th (4 of which are still working).
I can only chime in as to say Seagate or Western Digital drives are the way to go.
My personal advice? Get two REALLY good 1 or 2 TB drive to
throw everything on. And get a cheap 750 gig that has
everything Dead, etc, on just for back up. Like my 750 that has all Dead, Jerry, et al... that just sits in the closet waiting to come out only if needed (like Dire).

And as for HD name dropping we can thank Cliff:
http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7217017/#

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 13, 2010 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

Like Arb notes, there have actually been a number of threads on this, esp in the early yrs (well, when us old farts arrived in 05/06), and I kept careful track at the time, and off and on since.

My gut feeling (no statistical analysis) is that Seagate is the most often mentioned, and with the fewest "horror stories". This led me to buy two of them, four yrs apart, and both have been great.

There are plenty of others, but the iomega (sp?) one noted above does come in for some bad PR now and again.

EDIT: reading above, looks like more and more folks are happy with West Dig too...

This post was modified by William Tell on 2010-11-13 18:14:54

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Poster: Round Robin Date: Nov 13, 2010 10:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

Western Digital it is.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Nov 13, 2010 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

a bit of advice....

If your Western Digital "fails", check the electronic link i the case before you trash it. A $20 replacement external drive case may solve your problem.

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Poster: Round Robin Date: Nov 13, 2010 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

Thanks, will do.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Nov 13, 2010 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

I've also had a Western Digital for three years, no issues. At work, we had failures on 3 Iomega drives. We also use LaCie 2TB drives for large video project backup. No matter what you buy though, they eventually fail - consider having a rotation plan for backup - a backup to your backup. Storage is cheap these days.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Nov 15, 2010 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

If money is no object (and when is that the case?) i strongly recommend something with some built in redundancy. You can go JBOD (just a bunch of disc) by buying a case and putting in some discs, or you could go whole hog and buying either a Drobo or my preference: an Iomega IX2, or IX4. I'm getting an IX4 with 8Tb, which will be 4 terabytes mirrored, so that when I have the inevitable crash, I'll still have that data backed up. Seems like a lot of space? Wait til you start backing up your video too...

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Nov 17, 2010 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

Why not RAID rather than mirror?

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Nov 17, 2010 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

If you want to get technical... RAID-1 is mirroring. Maybe this will help: http://tinyurl.com/39su6kt

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Nov 17, 2010 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

More precisely RAID-5 would get you 6TB of storage vs 4TB with mirroring. I'm trying to understand your choice of mirroring?

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Nov 17, 2010 9:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

" If money is no object (and when is that the case?.. " , one of the foundational truisms of our lot . ;-)

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Nov 17, 2010 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

More precisely RAID-5 would get you 6TB of storage vs 4TB with mirroring. I'm trying to understand your choice of mirroring?

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Nov 17, 2010 10:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wanted: External HD Drive

Yeah, probably go raid 6 when my ix4 with 4x 2tb drives arrive